2017 Merlot

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2017 Merlot
2017 Merlot

Price: $40
Founder's & Collector's Clubs: $30
Case Club: $32
Connoisseur's Club: $34


Gård Wine Club Only Selection

100% Merlot

Production notes

Fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks and blended after 10 months. The fruit is all from the Scarline Vineyard at our highest elevation for red fruit at roughly 1,600ft. Using the Pomerol clone, this Merlot tends to show more textural personality without the focus being purely on fruit. Using a udicious amount of new French oak to provide a good foundation for this more fleshy clone showcases the variety in a very classic way. This wine was bottled without fining or filtration. 

This wine is produced Vegan. 

Other notes

Pairings: Pizza, roast turkey, leaner cuts of beef, roasted vegetables; Cheese: Aged goat cheese

Varietal Composition100% Merlot
AppellationRoyal Slope
VineyardScarline Vineyard
DesignationLawrence Vineyards
Aging50% New French Oak
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced45
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginWashington

Gård Vintners is 100% estate grown sustainably at Lawrence Vineyards in the Royal Slope AVA. Lawrence Vineyards features seven distinct vineyard sites with elevations ranging 930 feet to 1,675 feet. The combination of elevation and south-facing slope provides a great framework for grape production, while the diversity of the seven locations delivers a high level of complexity to Gård wines. Lawrence Vineyards is certified sustainable by Vinewise.org.

Winemaker Aryn Morell, a Washington native, honed his skills in Napa Valley working with some of the country’s most notable producers, including Silver Oak, Joseph Phelps, Quintessa, Husic, Chimney Rock, Chappellet, Stags Leap and countless others in winemaking and the chemical engineering of wine as part of a consulting company for which he worked.

Aryn joined the Gard team as head winemaker in 2011, and spends considerable time in the winery’s estate vineyard with Josh Lawrence, Gard founder and viticulturist.  With an uncompromising attention to detail, Aryn carefully crafts Gard wines with an eye toward the unique expression of terroir of the estate vineyard, and earns frequent accolades and high acclaim for his wines.

In 2014, Aryn and Gard founders Josh and Lisa Lawrence launched a winemaking facility in Walla Walla, M&L Production, where all the Gård wines are produced, bottled and aged. Aryn also makes wine for Matthews Estate, Tenor, Alleromb and Mullan Road, a Washington project for Cakebread Cellars of California.

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